Project Highlights

This page showcases some of the work performed by Digitization Services.  Drawing from the University Archives, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, The Map Library, and units from across campus, Digitization Services provides high-quality digital surrogates to extend access to these valuable materials.  The project descriptions and links below show the workflows and products of our unit, and can demonstrate what can be expected from a project with us.

Mapping History

Created for the sesquicentennial anniversary of University of Illinois, the Mapping History Project traces the growth of the University from its inception in 1867 to the current day.  Featuring high-resolution images of historic University and Champaign Count maps, drawings, blueprints and images shot by Digitization Services, this collection provides a gateway to the physical and geographical heritage of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois old map




This collection provides highlights from the history of LGBTQA+ organizations on campus. From the founding of the Gay Illini in 1975 to the current work by the UIUC LGBT Resource Center, this collection documents the growth of the LGBTQA+ organizations on campus and how they have engaged with the larger University community.

"What do YOU do to stop the Silence? Day of Silence, April 20, 2012"

Cavagna Collection

Digitized books from the Cavagna Collection, purchased by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1921. The collection includes Italian Imprints from the 16th to 19th centuries which belonged Count Antonio di Sangiuliani Cavagna’s private library.

Project Unica

Project Unica is an initiative of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to produce high quality digital facsimiles of printed books that exist in only one copy.

Maps Of Africa to 1900

The Maps of Africa to 1900 digital collection contains images of maps listed in the bibliography Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000).

Maps of Africa to 1900 in the Digital Library